Strong men vs strong institutions: Strengthening democracy in Africa

Democracy has been defined as a government by the people, either directly or through representatives elected by the people. The elements of a functional democracy should therefore include the following: participation of the people either directly or indirectly, independence of the judiciary, separation of powers, the rule of law, the respect for fundamental rights, free and fair elections, freedom of the press, accountability, to name a few.

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June 12 as Democracy Day is a Greek gift — Osuntokun

MR. Akin Osuntokun, Director-General of the News Agency of  Nigeria, NAN, was Political Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He is pained by Nigeria’s state of affairs especially rising waves of insecurity and stunted socio-economic growth and development. Thus, in this interview, he berates those attacking former President Obasanjo over his fulanisation and Islamisation agenda comment. He also bares his mind on burning national issues. He said although some stakeholders have fanatically and stubbornly remained opposed to restructuring, Nigeria will be restructured eventually willingly or by force.

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Democracy or repression as the next level

FOUR years ago, the Nigerian  social media had two major groups. ‘The Wailers’, so called because they were said to be wailing the loss of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the general elections. The other group was called the ‘Hailers’ because members hailed all that was good, bad and ugly in the new ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

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